September 17, 2005 

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Q: Some Christian leaders claim that creation is just a secondary doctrine and that it’s not that important to the Christian message. What is AiG’s response?

A: AiG has heard these claims for years from Christians who react negatively to our insistence that we must believe in a literal Genesis—that God created in six literal days, just thousands of years ago.

AiG had a letter from the head of a large Christian organization in America. It claimed that creation was a secondary doctrine like the rapture, and it shouldn’t be the cause of division in the church.

Noncreationist Quote of the Week

“The New Testament is not infallible, but it is the Church’s guide and ‘norm’. Of course it needs reinterpretation in every age, and especially today.”

– Hugh Montefiore, Confirmation Notebook, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, p. 18, 2002.

Now think about this—what doctrine is the rapture foundational to? None to our knowledge. Yet the creation account in Genesis 1–11 is foundational to every single biblical doctrine of theology. If you don’t accept a literal Genesis, then you have no foundation for sin, marriage, clothing, the gospel—in fact, ultimately all doctrines are dependent on Genesis being literal history.

No, creation isn’t a secondary doctrine—it’s foundational to our faith. This is one instance where we do need to divide over a vital issue!

For a more detailed answer, please read What is biblical creation and why is it important?

Recommended resources:

Genesis: The Key to Reclaiming the Culture
Genesis: The Key to Reclaiming the Culture
The Lie: Evolution
The Lie: Evolution
Why Won’t They Listen?
Why Won’t They Listen?
The Battle for the Beginning
The Battle for the Beginning

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This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org …

September 10: Katrina Outreach
September 12: They can’t allow “it”!
September 12: Katrina Update: Bringing an anchor of hope to Ocean Springs, Mississippi
September 13: RATE strikes at the heart of evolution
September 14: The history and impact of the book, The Genesis Flood: Part 1
September 15: In Six Days: Stanley A. Mumma, architectural engineering
September 16: Feedback: Revisiting a “worthless” explanation


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